It can't know
On an average night, it takes me about an hour to three hours to fall asleep. That’s my reality.
Sometimes, I hear about people who supposedly fall asleep within fifteen minutes of lying down. And I’m like… Who are these people?
I mean, good for them. They are the chosen ones. They’re blessed.
But also… I don’t understand. I just don’t understand how it’s possible, especially on a regular basis.
I want to believe it’s possible, but it’s rarely happened to me. Also, it’s really erratic for me, my sleep “schedule,” if I can call it that. My sleep is characterized by a consistent lack of consistency, except for a guaranteed overall shortage.
So on any given night, it’s impossible for me to predict if this is gonna be the night I will lie down and fall asleep in fifteen minutes, or if this is gonna be the night when I’ll stay awake just overthinking everything in this whole entire world for three or more hours.
And that is why I’ve had plenty of time to overthink about sleeplessness itself. And in doing so, I’ve come to this conclusion: the more one chases sleep, the less likely one is to fall asleep.
You know you should sleep, and you want to sleep, but you can't let Sleep know that you want it to come pay you a visit. So you gotta play it cool and see if it comes of its own volition… or not.
P.S. Call me Ithaka. Everything I do is organized here.